Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hey there, friends! I’m so excited to be joining the Altenew December 2018 Stamp/Die/Paper Pack Release Blog Hop! If you’ve started the hop from the beginning then you would have come from Sveta Fotinia’s Blog. If you’ve started here, WELCOME! I’ll have a link to the next person in the hop at the bottom of the post; along with a complete list of hoppers.

I was so honored to have been invited to participate in this blog hop and Altenew sent me some really fun goodies to play with! I was sent the Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pad, the Pastel Dreams 6×6 Paper Pad, the New York Stamp Set, the Delicate Primrose Stamp Set and the Flower Vine Stamp Set … and WOW! Altenew products never cease to amaze! I immediately fell in love with the patterned papers, and I knew I would use them as my focal points for my scrapbook layouts.

The New York Stamp Set was the inspiration for my first project. I started with multiple patterns from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad for my first layout. I wanted to use as many patterns as possible so I used a cut file from The Cut Shoppe to spell out my title, New York New York. I added hand stitching detail to each of the pattern papers. I positioned the letters on the top and bottom of the layout; leaving an open space in the middle of the layout.

I positioned my photo on the layout and used the New York Stamp Set right next to the photo. I started by placing the stamp on the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform and used Tattered Rose Distress Oxide Ink. I wanted to create a mixed media, watercolor look with the stamp set so I lightly sprayed the stamp with water after applying the ink. I then cleaned the stamp and applied another layer of ink and stamped directly on the background (without using water this time) to get a more of a detailed image of the stamp set. I also added stamped words from the same New York Stamp Set around the title.

I fussy cut numerous floral images from another patterned paper from the Pastel Dreams Paper Pad and scattered the flowers around the layout. I also used a few wood buttons from the Reflections Scrapbook Kit and enamel dots from the Our Family Scrapbook Kit.

Now you can check out my process video showing how this layout came together!



For my second project, I focused on the Verdant Walk Paper Pad.

I fussy cut the hanging florals from 2 of the matching papers from the paper pad and positioned the florals at the top of the 12×12 white cardstock background. I added a wash of light peach watercolor under the florals and allowed the color to run down the page. I also stamped the Flower Vine Stamp Set in that same area. I love the hints of gold peeking out from behind those beautiful fussy cut florals!

I then essentially created a grid with my photos and embellishing underneath the fussy cut florals. I used tissue paper and another patterned paper from the Verdant Walk Paper Pad to back my photos. I added my title using black alphas, from the Altenew Reflections Scrapbook Kit, to the right and left of my photos. I wanted to bring in a little more black to help the alphas mesh with the layout, so I fussy cut numerous florals from the Verdant Walk Paper pad. I added in a few enamel dots around the page for added detail, added my journaling under the photo along with the date, using the Altenew Date Stamp.

Here’s a process video that shows how this layout came together!


GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/18/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/22/2018.

Altenew has also kindly offered for me to give away a $30 Altenew gift certificate! All you need to do to enter the giveaway on my blog is to leave a comment on this blog post! (To leave a comment, head to the top of my blog & click on the number to the right of this blog post title.) I will be announcing the winner of the $30 gift certificate on my blog on December 18, 2019, so be sure to check back to see if you were the winner!


There is so much talent in this blog hop and I have no doubt that you’re finding inspiration as you’re making your way through! Next up is Nicole Picadura.

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Below is a complete list of the hoppers and you can find a complete list of hoppers on the Altenew Card Blog if you get lost as you’re hopping along:

Altenew Card Blog
Jennifer McGuire
May Sukyong Park
Kristina Pokazanieva
Therese Calvird
Zsoka Marko
Zinia Redo
Laura Jane
Virginia Lu
Kathleen Graumüller
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Willison
Svitlana Shayevich
Emily Midgett
Lilith Eeckels
Alex Syberia
Sveta Fotinia
Kelly Janes <<< You are here
Nicole Picadura
Reiko Tsuchida
Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Vicky Papaioannou
Rubeena Ianigro
Olga Moss
Sandra Dietrich
Dana Gong
Agnieszka Malyszek
Norine Borys
Amanda Korotkova
Kymona Tracey
Cynde Whitlow
Lydia Evans
Isha Gupta
Enza Gudor
Aya Elsheshtawy

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Sweet Girls | The Cut Shoppe

Maggie Holmes. Enough said, right? She always has the most beautiful collections and I just have to have them all! It was no exception with the Willow Lane Collection. I love the butterflies in this collection and thought it would pair well with the Flutterby Cut File from The Cut Shoppe.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

I started by slicing apart the Flutterby Cut File in Cricut Design Space and cut a single butterfly three times in three different 6×8 Willow Lane Patterned Papers. I also used the contour feature in Design Space to create a solid butterfly from the same cut file. I cut the solid butterfly three times in vellum and used the vellum butterflies to back the patterned papers. I then added a straight stitch down the center of the butterflies for extra texture and dimension. I love how the wings naturally lift off the page.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

I grabbed my favorite 12×12 Patterned Paper from the Willow Lane Collection to use as my background. While I absolutely love Crate Paper, I sometimes struggle to use the ephemera packs because a majority of the die cuts are so large. So even though I absolutely love the Willow Lane Collection, I didn’t purchase any of the die cuts so I needed to come up with a way to embellish the layout. Thankfully there are numerous patterned papers in this collection that can be fussy cut to create your own embellishments. With that thought in mind, I fussy cut numerous butterflies from the Flutter Patterned Paper, and I also cut a bunch of the florals from the 6×8 Paper Pad.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

I printed a couple of photos of our guinea pigs and positioned them in the center of the layout. I added the Flutterby Cut File butterflies along with the fussy cut butterflies & florals. I added buttons, in coordinating colors, from my stash for added dimension.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

The title is a combo of Thickers from 1 Canoe 2 and the Crate Paper Cute Girl Collection. I added my journaling using my We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. I tend to mention my journaling last in all of my blog posts, but it takes a little planning when I plan on adding it directly to my 12×12 backgrounds. I have to add the journaling before adhering anything down to the background or it will never pass through the typewriter. Aidan, my son, was desperately wanting a pet of his own. We already have a zoo with 2 cats and 3 dogs, but he was dying to get either a rabbit or guinea pig. After doing a little research a pair of guinea pigs seemed like the best fit. Aidan, along with my niece, picked out these two girls. It’s been interesting, but I’m so proud of how responsible Aidan has been.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

I felt like I needed to add a little something to the top & bottom of the layout so I added a couple more butterflies & florals. I also added a few tiny phrase stickers from an older Maggie Holmes Collection. With a few splashes of Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine this layout was complete.

12x12 layout for The Cut Shoppe Design Team using the Flutterby Cut File & the Maggie Holmes Willow Lane Collection.

Remember to visit The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files! You won’t be disappointed!

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